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Better Than Home

Better Than Home

by Beth Hart


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Separating from producer Kevin Shirley for the first time in three records, Beth Hart chose to work with Rob Mathes and Michael Stevens for 2015's Better Than Home. A change in producers helped Hart change direction, letting her depart from the down-and-dirty blues belting she specialized in throughout her time with Shirley, reconnecting slightly to her singer/songwriter beginning while emphasizing deep soul roots. Despite opening with the tight Memphis groove of "Might as Well Smile," most of the album is grandly introspective -- majestic brooding ballads with a clear debt to early Elton John. This cinematic landscape provides a nice contrast to Hart's raw, nervy vocals, accentuating the aching in her delivery. This emotional immediacy compensates for the sometimes elliptical songs, songs that take a little while to settle, but the risks Hart's taken on Better Than Home pay off: this is a distinctive, ambitious record that takes advantage of her natural talents in surprising ways.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2015
Label: Provogue
UPC: 0819873011408
catalogNumber: 30113
Rank: 3368

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beth Hart   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Larry Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
James "D-Train" Williams   Background Vocals
Charley Drayton   Percussion,Drums
Aaron Heick   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Zev Katz   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Martin Loveday   Cello,Leader
Rob Mathes   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Lale   Leader,Viola
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Angela Clemmons   Background Vocals
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin,Leader
Thomas Bowes   Concert Master
Mike Davis   Trombone
Nikki Richards   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Wayne Warnecke   Engineer
Beth Hart   Arranger,Composer
Jamie Siegel   Engineer
Rune Westberg   Engineer
Michael Stevens   Producer
Roy Koch   Artwork
Thomas Van Der Kooi   Artwork
F.X. Feeney   Liner Notes
Alex Vengeur   Engineer

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Better Than Home 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jb_2742 More than 1 year ago
Another great release from Beth Hart. Some bluesy riffs here and there but also a little more stretch into, dare we say, some country flavors on the title track "Better Than Home". "Trouble" is a knockout rocker showcasing her best growling vocals. Then there is the sweet vocals as well. Several great ballads like "St. Teresa" and the bonus track "Mama This One's For You" which is the jewel of the release. You have to get the deluxe edition to get this song but it's well worth it. This CD capture's your attention at the first listen and every song is great, no fillers.